The chisapani-Nagarkot hike is a small and short 3-Day hiking trek near Kathmandu. Chisapani Nagarkot trek is the best trek for people having limited days want a keen desire to experience the trek in Nepal. Chisapani and Nagarkot hike starts with a short drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu (the capital of Nepal). The real trek starts from Sundarijal by entering the Shivapuri National park, (Shiv...



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If you are short on time but still want to experience trekking or hiking in the hills to get a good view of the Himalayas, then this 2 nights, 3 days Chisapani Nagarkot hike is the perfect trek for you. This trek is also known as Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek or Nagarkot Trek. As the name suggests, this trail goes around the rim of Kathmandu Valley’s surrounding hills. On this trek, you can experience the wonderful nature and flora and fauna which can be found in the surrounding green hills of Kathmandu valley. 

On this trek, you will enter Shivapuri National Park which is known for its lush greenery, water springs, small streams and serene atmosphere. The trek will also provide a chance to get stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas, come across picturesque villages and their culture and lifestyle, all without having left Kathmandu at all! 

The lodges to stay during this trek are well-equipped with everything including electricity, wifi, hot showers and comfortable rooms. The trail includes both ascent and descent but the trek is fairly easy and can be done by all age groups. It is a short and easy trek that takes you around the fringes of Kathmandu valley and provides a bliss of nature and great views. 

The main regions that you will visit in this trek are Chisapani, Shivapuri National Park, Sundarijal and Nagarkot. You do not have to worry about altitude sickness in the Chisapani Nagarkot trek as the highest altitude we will gain is 2300 meters. Very few people are affected by altitude sickness at this height. Hence, this trek can easily be done by people with average stamina and physical fitness. 

Details of Chisapani Nagarkot Trek 

Highest altitude: 2300 meters (7545 feet) 

-    Stunning views of the Himalayas from Kathmandu without having to travel far 
-    See the peaks of several mountains such as Langtang range, Gaurishankar, and Dorje Lakpa, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal
-    Walk through serene forests of Shivapuri National Park 
-    See one of the best sunrises at Chisapani and Nagarkot 
-    Spot local flora and fauna of the region 
-    Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan temple 

Places to Stay: 

You will find several lodges throughout the trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot. The hotels will provide well-facilitated rooms. 

Best Seasons to Trek: All year round 

Chisapani Nagarkot 2 Nights - 3 Days Trek Itinerary 

Day 1 - Kathmandu - Sundarijal (1350 meters) - Chisapani (2300 meters) 
Day 2 - Chisapani - Nagarkot (2175 meters) 
Day 3 Nagarkot - Kathmandu 

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek in Detail 

Day 1 - Kathmandu to Sundarijal 

Depending on the time of the day that you will arrive in Kathmandu, the Chisapani Nagarkot trek can begin on the day of your arrival or the very next day. We will meet you at the airport, you can drop your belongings at the hotel and only carry your trekking essentials during the trek. Then we will take a vehicle from the hotel to Sundarijal which will take about an hour’s drive. The trek will start from Sundarijal which lies inside the Shivapuri National Park. The trail passes through Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. You will come across refreshing streams and lush greenery. Sundarijal is one of the main sources of drinking water, so this place is abundant with small streams and rivers. During the monsoon, it also receives a lot of rain. All of this results in botanical diversity and fresh, clean air. 

On this trek, you will also pass through village settlements, one of the first, which you will reach is Mulkharka where Tamang communities live. You can rest in the villages and experience the traditional village life. Then head through a forest of oak trees and rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal, towards Chisapani. If you walk this trek during spring, you will be welcomed by trees full of bright rhododendrons across the hills. The trail heads down the ridge towards Chisapani. The first day of the trek will take about 5 hours to reach the destination. Spend the night at Chisapani. 

Day 2 - Chisapani to Nagarkot 

Wake up early the next day to catch the sunrise from Chisapani. You will get a stunning view of the Himalayas which will include views of peaks such as Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal, Langtang range, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar and Shisapangma. You can see more than 60 peaks from here. From Chisapani, we will make our way to Nagarkot, another place that is popular for its view of the mountains. Brace yourself for today as we walk for 8 hours! Have breakfast in the lodge at 7 am and then prepare yourself for the long journey ahead. The first stop for the day will be at Chauki Bhanjyang. Chauki Bhanjyang lies in the eastern side of Shivapuri. This is a descent, so you will make it in faster time. The nearest town from Chauki Bhanjyang is Sankhu which is about 25 kilometers from Kathmandu. You can also stop for lunch here. 

After Chauki Bhanjyang, we slowly make our way to Nagarkot. This destination is popular for weekend getaways and for its sunrises and sunsets. Once you reach Nagarkot, relax for the day, as you unwind, make sure not to miss the sunsets from this destination. If you are lucky, you might also be able to witness Mount Everest on a clear day. The scenic beauty of Nagarkot makes it a great place to sit back and admire the mountains. It is also far from the city, so you will find it peaceful and a fun place to enjoy nature. Retire early for the night so as not to miss the famous Nagarkot sunrise. 

Day 3 - Nagarkot to Kathmandu 

Get up early the next day before dawn and make your way up to the Nagarkot view tower. Alternatively, you can also get a beautiful view of the sunrise from your hotel itself. Watch as the golden rays of the sun hit the white snow peaks of the Himalayas and admire the morning view. After breakfast, we head back to Kathmandu by vehicle. On the way back, you can visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changunarayan which falls on the way back. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an ancient royal complex with old temples, palaces and courtyard. It is famous for its unique architecture. The structures were built in the 14th and 15th centuries. Today, Bhaktapur is famous for its history, art, pottery and local Newari cuisine. Explore the ancient city and shop for souvenirs. Then head out to Changunarayan temple, this pagoda style temple is one of the oldest temples of Nepal. The premises are peaceful as many tourists do not visit this temple as it is off-track. It was built in the 4th century during the Lichchhavi period and has been rebuilt after several earthquakes and fires. After visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan temple, we head back to Kathmandu for the hotel. The tour ends once you reach the hotel, however, you can visit Thamel during the evening if you are up for it. Visit the tourist hub of Kathmandu and visit one of its several pubs and eateries which serve a variety of cuisines, from Chinese and Indian to Mexican, Italian and Japanese. You can also explore the area and buy some souvenirs to take back home. 

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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 - Kathmandu - Sundarijal - Chisapani
  • Breakfast in the hotel and prepare for our Hike Trip

    After having breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, We drive to Sundarijal which takes about an hour and start our hike, the trail gradually up with pine and oak forest, the Shivapuripuri National park is a good spot for bird watching and some other wild animal can be seen during the hiking, from Chisapani, we will see a panoramic view of the Himalayas and the valley and this is the resident of Sherpa ethnic group.

Day 2 - Chisapani - Nagarkot
  • Breakfast in the Tea House and prepare for our Hike Trip

    After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our hike to Nagarkot and which is about a 6-hour hike, we will stop at Chauki Bhanjyang for lunch which takes about 3 hours, and continue the charming trails for another 3 hours toward Nagarkot, and we will view the Himalaya range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitor with its awe inspiring majesty and beauty and we will have great sunset view from Nagarkot.

Day 3 - Nagarkot - Chagunarayan - Kathmandu
  • Sunrise view - Breakfast - Bhaktapur Area

    We will have a sunrise view early in the morning, the Nagarkot lies top of the hill so, it is a good place to see the Himalayan panorama through a Himalayan river valley, after breakfast, we hike for a couple of hours to the Chagunarayan temple which is the very old and artistic temple of Nepal and listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites, then after visiting the temple and having lunch, we drive to Kathmandu and the hike is complete.

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  • 1Night in Tea House in BB
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Trip Notes

Passports, visas and entry requirements


A valid passport is required for you to travel internationally. Similarly, your passport must have a minimum of 6 months validity remaining to travel in most of the countries. We recommend you take copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well. And also please ensure that the name on your passport and airline ticket matches exactly.


Entry necessities can alternate at any time. Visas can take several weeks to process, so make sure you research the requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for obtaining any necessary documents as well as the application and processing time.


All foreign nationals (except Indian passport holders) require a visa to enter Nepal. In the arrivals hall, you’ll find electronic kiosks that read your passport, take your photo, and print out a completed form. Take your completed form to the payment counter where you'll pay for your visa, and then head to the immigration line for "Visa on Arrival". You may also need to provide two passport photos and the following fees in US dollars (subject to change, cash only). Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. The following costs were correct at time of writing:

- Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$30

- Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$50

- Multi entry visa valid for 90 days - US$125

Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country.


Medical and health information


Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Consider whether you may be in a vulnerable category for COVID-19. See your doctor or travel clinic to have a basic health check-up, ask if your travel plans may affect your health, plan any vaccinations you need. Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

Vaccination Policy

All travellers on Nepal  trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.


Air quality in Nepal can be poor, especially in winter. Some towns, including Kathmandu, experience very high levels of seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution. Seek medical advice if you're concerned about the effects of air pollution.


Malaria and Dengue fever is a risk in various part of Nepal . Mostly, during the monsoon season . Protect yourself against insect bites by wearing clothing that covers as much skin as possible, including repellent sleeping under a net.


Healthcare services are unevenly distributed across the country and access to care in some areas may be limited. Healthcare in Kathmandu generally meets international standards but healthcare throughout the rest of the country may be inadequate. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Hospitals in Nepal typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance.


Food and dietary requirements


In Kathmandu and Pokhara there are plenty of restaurants and cafes for all tastes and budgets. Nepal caters very well towards vegetarians and vegans with almost all restaurants having a veg section of the menu.





Domestic flights in Nepal have strict weight limits - 10kg of check-in luggage and 5kg of carry-on hand luggage per person is included with your flight ticket. Excess baggage (up to 5kg per person only) will be charged at your own expense.


Roadworks and infrastructure projects can cause significant delays on major roads within cities and highways between destinations. Road travel can also be disrupted due to demonstrations and bandhs (strikes) without warning. Major roadworks are currently ongoing in and around Kathmandu and the roads to Chitwan National Park. Delays, heavy traffic, poor road conditions and dust are a reality of road travel in Nepal.


The monsoon season is from June to September and weather conditions can disrupt travel during this time due to flooding and landslides. Disruption of air travel and airport closures are also possible. Be prepared that the itinerary may need to change at short notice.


There have been a number of air accidents in Nepal. We only use airlines that have passed strict safety audits for included internal flights in Nepal, including Buddha Air, Yeti Air & Tara Air.

Money matters

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee (NPR). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Bhaktapur. Make sure you carry sufficient cash to cover your needs when travelling outside of these cities. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, Namche, Pokhara, Chitwan (only outside the park), and Bhaktapur. Credit cards are not widely accepted.


You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Below is a list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.

- Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, trip notes

- Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets

- Spare passport photos

- Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card

- Money belt

- Small padlocks

- Personal first-aid kit

- Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)

- Electrical adapter plug

- Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes

- Insect repellent

- Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses

- Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)

- Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)

- 2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)

- Refillable water bottle

- Phrase book

- Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates

- Wind and waterproof jacket

- Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks

- Camera/phone (with charger)

- Binoculars

Informal clothing is all that is required. Remember to dress in a modest fashion. Light clothing is usually all that will be required for most of the year. During the winter months, December to February, it will be chilly and possibly foggy in the early mornings, with temperatures dropping down to a minimum of around 0ºC on some days. A warm, windproof jacket will be required.

Climate and seasonal information

Nepal's climate varies greatly depending on the season:

JUN - SEP: the monsoon rains (mostly at night) bring landslides in regional areas. Cloud cover often obscures mountain views with rain, mud, and leeches deterring most trekkers at this time of year. Treks running in September can be hot and very humid at lower altitudes.

MAR-APR: Spring brings warm weather and spectacular rhododendron blooms. A popular time to visit and one of the peak times to trek.

OCT - NOV: Clear skies and warm days make autumn the peak season.

DEC - FEB: Winter brings cold temperatures and snow to the mountains. Good trekking, but remember to rug up.

Phone and internet access

Hotels in Kathmandu generally have excellent WiFi connections. Most hotels offer free WiFi in public areas, with some also offering in-room WIFI, sometimes for an additional fee.

Group Leader

The goal of the group leader is to make your travels easier and to help you have the best trip possible. Have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.


We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all destinations and activities on your trip. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash and other valuable items. Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however, during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests or relax and take it easy.

Strikes :

Strikes happen on a very frequent basis in Nepal. Most, but not all, of the recent strikes are political in nature and are generally called for the night before with little or no warning. If you arrive as a tourist during a busy political time of year there's a strong chance you might not be able to travel the country as much as you would normally.



 Travel protection is highly recommended to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may occur during or before our trip. Make sure your insurance covers you for your intended activities, including travel and trekking above 3000m if this is included on your itinerary, mountain rescue services and helicopter evacuation costs.


The weather is not the only factor when thinking about when to go to Nepal. This Himalayan nation has a rich history, which can be discovered through its festivals. Nepal’s festival calendar fills every month of the year with colourful celebrations that offer interesting insights into the local culture. Stumbling onto a local festival may prove to be the highlight of your travels in Nepal – and given the sheer number of them, you’d be unlucky not to. Festivals may be Hindu, Buddhist, animist or a mix of all three. Travelling in Nepal during Holi Festival (28-29 March 2021, 27-28 March 2022), can at times be dangerous due to revellers consuming intoxicating substances. The day is often associated with physical violence and danger. Travelling during the Hindu festival Diwali (4 November 2021, 24 November 2022) can also be dangerous. During this time there are many displays of fireworks in the streets. It can be very noisy for several days and there is also a lot of pollution caused by the fireworks.

Culture shock

Not all cultures share the same beliefs and values. These differences can cause severe culture shock. Some culture shocks that travellers might find while travelling in Nepal are:

 Don’t assume people to speak your language. In cultures where you don’t speak the language, simple tasks suddenly become more complicated- like riding a bus, ordering food at a restaurant.

Some Asian cultures such as Indian, Korean and Chinese openly spit on the sidewalk same with Nepal.

In some Asian countries such as Thailand, India, Nepal and some Muslim countries such as Morocco, using water and your hands, not toilet paper, is considered much cleaner than using toilet paper.

There is poverty all over the world but it never seems real until you experience it firsthand. There are number of homeless beggars and slums in Nepal. There are piles of garbage next to rivers, people sleeping in gutters, meat being butchered on a tarp next to the street.

 After your arrival you will run into people who will offer you a taxi ride or a cheap hotel. When you hop into a car and leave through the gate of the airport you will see the snake driving of vehicles. There are dividers but the car might go to the wrong side to overtake, which is very normal here, and therefore no reason to worry.

When in Nepal, don’t expect things to go on time. You will face delay almost in all activities. There is even a phrase “Nepali Time” which is used sarcastically to point out delay in activities.

You might see guys holding hands when they are walking down the street. Guys holding hands in Nepal is a sign of a good friendship and brotherhood.

At monuments, museums, Durbar Squares etc if someone starts following you and explaining things, they are hiring themselves as your guide and expecting to be paid at the end. Tell them clearly their services are not required pronto, or things are going to get awkward.


(Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

Vaccination Requirements: Nepal is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. However, vaccinated individuals can bypass the testing rules that require travellers to provide proof of a negative corona virus test taken no more than 72 hours before travel. All travellers regardless of vaccination status must have travel insurance that covers health, immediate crisis or rescue for the duration of the trip; proof of accommodation in Nepal; a completed International Travel Arrival Form; and either a Nepalese visa or a recommendation from the tourism board.

1. Passengers must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. This does not apply to Nationals of Nepal, Passengers of Nepali origin (Non-Resident Nepali (NRN)) and their family members, Passengers with a visa issued by a diplomatic representation of Nepal.

2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are Gene X pert, NAAT and RT-PCR. This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

3. Passengers must obtain an International Traveller Online Arrival Form at

4. Passengers must have a hotel reservation confirmation. This does not apply to nationals of Nepal, Spouses of Nepali nationals, Passengers of Nepali origin and their family members.

5. Passengers could be subject to hotel quarantine for 10 days at their own expense. This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.

6. Visa on arrival facilities restarted for eligible passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. This does not apply to passengers travelling with an emergency passport, a temporary passport or a temporary travel document.




Payment Policy

The company accepts all major credit cards (MasterCard and Visa Cards). 

The client also has the option to wire transfer the payment of booking the package to the following bank account in Nepal: 

Name of Account Holder: Buddha Holidays Tours and Travel Pvt. Ltd., Jawalakhel, Lalitpur
Account Number (USD):        006 08082190011
Account Number (NPR/INR):  006 08082190019
Name of the Bank: Himalayan Bank Ltd, Patan Branch, Lalitpur
Swift Code: HIMANPKA

Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policies are applicable under the following scenarios: 

1. If cancelled by the Company:


The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances. The company will not cancel a tour less than 30 days before the start date of the tour except for force majeure or failure on the client’s part to make all due payments or if the client fails to comply with any requirements of the booking conditions. 


If the Company has to cancel, you will be informed as soon as possible. 


If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure, then the Company will offer you a choice to purchase an alternative tour as a result of consolidation or another available tour offered by the company. In either case, paying or receiving a refund in respect of difference in price or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to the Company. 

It is advisable to only book fully flexible transport and other arrangements which can be cancelled or changed without charges, as the Company is not liable to pay the Client any cancellation, amendment or other changes the Client may need to make as a result of the cancellation of the tour. 

As a minimum, the Company, where compensation is due will pay a compensation of USD 100 per confirmed passenger. The Company is not liable for compensation if the booking is cancelled as a result of force majeure. 


2. If Cancelled by the Clients 


Clients have the option to cancel their booking as per the following policies of the Company: 

  • 10% of the advanced payment will be retained by the Company if cancellation is done 30 days prior to the start date of the tour. 
  • 50% of the advanced payment will be retained by the Company if cancellation is done 2 to 3 days prior to the start date of the tour. 
  • 100% of the advanced payment is retained by the Company is the cancellation is done less than 2 days before the start of the tour date. 


In case of non-payment of the remaining balance before the due date, the Company reserves the right to treat your booking as cancelled and 100% of the advanced payment will be retained as a cancellation charge by the Company. 

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